Saturday, January 8th saw a somewhat bizarre serious injury accident with extremely grave consequences occur on Williams Creek Road. Around 1:30 p.m., Roy Smith, 57, was driving his 2004 Chevy Silverado eastbound. A tow truck was off-loading a 1999 Volkswagen Passat into a private drive at the same time. It appears that Mr. Smith failed to see the tow truck, and collided with it, causing the tow truck to slide several feet, striking Todd Pflanz. Mr. Pflanz received serious injuries, and was taken by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital. The driver of the Volkswagen, twenty-four year old Joseph Butler was taken to St. Clare Hospital with relatively minor injuries. Both Mr. Smith’s Chevy Silverado and the tow truck had extensive damage, while the Passat was not damaged. Mr. Smith amazingly suffered only minor injuries following the multiple-vehicle accident. This serious injury accident in Missouri is still under investigation, and it is not yet known if the accident was caused by simple inattention or is due to another reason.
When car accidents—especially multi-car accidents—involve accidents to pedestrians in Missouri, the results can be quite serious, and even fatal. Multi-vehicle accidents mean multiple insurance companies are involved. In these types of cases, the injured person must obtain top notch legal advice from a Missouri personal injury lawyer who can ensure the rights of the injured are fully protected. While Missouri law dictates that the at-fault driver will pay medical bills and expenses of the injured party, many cases involving multiple vehicles are much more complicated. In such cases insurance companies often look for loopholes to limit their pay out. This insurance company ploy makes it all the more important that should you be involved in an accident involving vehicles (like freightliner tow trucks) you must discuss your case with a personal injury attorney before making a statement or accepting an offer. Vigilance when driving can reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident, and defensive driving should be practiced at all times.